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SCH AND CMS HARMONISATION
The CMS on the other hand enables ABS Subject Matter Areas (SMAs) to document their surveys, within a corporate framework. This leads to varying levels of detail and the issues addressed in the CMS being determined by the SMA.
The SCH reviews ABS surveys by loading CMS information into the SCH template. This information is often inadequate to satisfy the SCH requirements without further explanations or clarifications.
There has been substantial progress with harmonisation in recent times. CMS Release 5 saw the introduction of SCH questions embedded as CMS questions, the inclusion of nine SCH questions which were not previously on the CMS and links from the CMS to the SCH processing system. The inclusion of SCH pop-up boxes in the appropriate CMS fields will ensure that when the CMS is completed, the SMA can refer to the pop-up box, see what the SCH question is and provide information that will be a suitable response to the SCH. This is a step forward, but still requires that the CMS entries are up to date. There is a now a stronger corporate focus on keeping CMS entries up to date with a number of CMS entries flagged as CMS publishable items, to be released to the Web.
The SCH has been trialling the process of undertaking SCH reviews directly from the CMS for some repeat surveys and a new survey and this process is working reasonably well. The SCH maximise the use of CMS provider load and quality measures as part of the post survey information processes. Again for this process to work effectively its relies on the CMS being updated in a timely way by survey managers.
With the dissemination of CMS information, initially via the Statistical Directory in December 2001, the dissemination of information about ABS surveys to the SCH web site will no longer be necessary with links instead being provided to the site of CMS dissemination. This is not possible in the short term as there is only limited overlap. However this will be expanded over time.
For more information, please contact Marietta Urh on (02) 6252 5565.
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